Former England boss Sam Allardyce says he turned down the chance to return to Newcastle United as manager this summer.
The Magpies are seeking a replacement after parting company with Rafael Benitez, the Spaniard having exited St James’ Park in June saying the Premier League club ‘did not share his vision’ for the future.
Allardyce was in charge of the Magpies from 2007 to 2008 and he says he turned down talks on a potential return to the club. “I was very flattered that I was considered but it’s that thing – don’t go back,” Allardyce told TalkSport.
“It never got to the type of talks people are suggesting but it wasn’t for me. I politely said no.” Allardyce hasn’t worked since leaving Everton last summer and he says he didn’t have any direct talks with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, while conceding he was somewhat surprised to be on the Newcastle wishlist. “I never got to talk to Mike,” added Allardyce.
“My agent contacted me, I had a think about it and a quick look at the situation and thanked them very much. “It’s not for me. Maybe if it was the first time around I would have jumped at it. “I appreciate the offer but I was surprised – I’ve not worked for a full season.”
Newcastle are reportedly hoping to appoint Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce as their new manager ahead of the new Premier League season, now just a month away. The two clubs spent Thursday attempting to reach an agreement over compensation with Bruce having indicated he wanted to talk to the club he supported as a boy.
Newcastle are 3.60 to win their first game of the season at home to Arsenal. The Gunners are 2.05 while the draw trades at 3.60 for the St James’ Park tussle.